Continental and oceanic climate some together in the lake district – the eastern part of the Neusiedler lake – and form the so-called Pannonian climate. With less than 600 milliliters rain a year this region is not only known to be one of the driest in Austria but also one of the hottest.
Record-breaking temperatures in the summertime are not rare at all. Not only our Pannonian forest lizard loves it here, but our grapes do as well. Strong winds in the region dry off our leaf canopy quiet quickly – also a great source of energy for the Burgenland. Numerous windmills in this region became a trademark for environmentally friendly and forward-looking energy production making the Burgenland one of the leading regions in green energy worldwide.
Our vineyards are located in wine-growing region of the Neusiedlersee in Burgenland, Austria. We therefore have a big range of different soil types and microclimate possessing the best location for all our grape varieties. Each member of our family knows our origin, our soil and our vineyards by heart – they have a great deal of experience.
The basis for
In and around our city of Andau the soil is dominated by gravel with iron components and a few sand layers; a very warm soil type with good water drainage capacity. The rocks are able to store the warmth during the day and give it off during the night allowing the berries to grow quicker and more homogenic. The high content of iron in the ground give our wines a fine spiciness. Round and fruity wine styles come from here – ideal for our Zweigelt, Sankt Laurent, Merlot and Grüner Veltliner.
Another significant soil type is the loamy ground in and around Halbturn reaching Weiden. This type of soil has a great water storage capability – essential for our grapes in the warmer and dryer years. Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Welschriesling love it especially here.
To the north of the lake district closing in on the Leitha Mountains the soil is sparser and stonier with a bit of gravel, some slate elements and quartz crystal – perfect conditions for mineralic wines like our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Blaufränkisch.
Deep fruit on the palate
With our sweet wines! They emerge near Apetlon – a little town in the immediate surrounding of the Neusiedler lake – where the soil is primarily made up of sand and therefore a bit lighter than anywhere else. The special microclimate is perfect for noble rot (Botrytis Cinera) – allowing us to produce sweet wines from the highest quality every single year. Our Scheurebe, Welschriesling, Traminer and other old white grape varieties feel perfectly at home.